Tigers Ink Brandon Inge to Extension


Brandon Inge has been wearing the Olde English D since 2001 and the longest tenured Tigers will stay in Detroit for at least two more years.

The Tigers today announced the signing of Inge to a new two-year contract with an option for 2013, financial terms were not disclosed. Inge finished up a four-year, $24 millon contract that he signed following the 2006 season when this season ended. This is the first step to what should be a busy offseason for the Tigers management.

With Inge in place at third, where his range is among the best in baseball, the Tigers can feel at least a bit more comfortable in their pursuit of Jhonny Peralta to remain as the shortstop. Peralta doesn’t have great range, but Inge’s presence beside him mitigates that problem quite a bit. The Tigers have yet to decide on the $7.25 million club option they hold on Peralta, but would prefer to sign him at a lower salary, perhaps over a multi-year contract.

Inge missed two weeks with a broken hand this season, but that number was expected to go much longer. In 144 games, Inge batted .247 with 13 home runs, 28 doubles, and 70 runs batted in.

Inge and INF Ramon Santiago are the only two remaining Tigers that were a part of the 119 loss 2003 season. Jeremy Bonderman lost 19 of those games, but the Tigers are not planning to pursue a new contract with the right hander.

Santiago was traded to Seattle after that season as part of a package that brought Carlos Guillen to Detroit, but returned to the Tigers as a free agent in 2006.

UPDATE: Mlive’s Steve Kornacki has the financials for Inge; $5.5 million in each of the next two season, $6 million club option for 2013 with $500,000 buyout.

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  • Bob

    What is so special about Jhonny Peralta? He hit .250 and has limited range defensively. If you’re satisfied with the rampant mediocrity of having Inge & Peralta on the left side, then you’re setting yourself up for another disappointing season in 2011. I’m not sure what I would do about the left side of the infield, but having Inge & Peralta there isn’t a cause for celebration.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      Nothing is really “special” about Jhonny Peralta but the list of alternatives is not awe-inspiring either.

      From mlbtraderumors.com:
      Geoff Blum (38)
      Orlando Cabrera (36) – $4MM mutual option with a $500K-$1MM buyout – Type B
      Juan Castro (39)
      Craig Counsell (40)
      Bobby Crosby (31)
      Adam Everett (34)
      Alex Gonzalez (33) – $2.5MM club option – Type B
      Cristian Guzman (33)
      Jerry Hairston Jr. (35)
      Omar Infante (29) – $2.5MM club option with a $250K buyout – Type B
      Cesar Izturis (31)
      Derek Jeter (37) – Type A
      Julio Lugo (35)
      Jhonny Peralta (29) – $7MM club option with a $250K buyout – Type B
      Nick Punto (33) – $5MM club option with a $500K buyout
      Edgar Renteria (35) – $10.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
      Jose Reyes (28) – $11MM club option with a $500K buyout – Type B
      Miguel Tejada (37) – Type A
      Juan Uribe (31) – Type B
      Omar Vizquel (44)

  • Chris

    The ‘roids era is over. A shortstop with a .750 OPS is a pretty valuable commodity now. I’m not saying necessarily that Peralta is a great bet to meet those expectations, but he’s definitely got the ability.

  • Bob

    An article from the Free Press about Inge which I concur with completely.

    http://tinyurl.com/33ocvtj

    • Jim

      Don’t mistake an article printed IN the Free Press for an article BY the Free Press.

      The conclusions fans make are often incorrect.

      • Bob

        “The conclusions fans make are often incorrect.” Gee Jim I’m so glad you’re there to point this out to me and set me on the correct path because I never would have thought that otherwise! Here’s another pearl of wisdom, “the conclusions the corporate media make are often incorrect”. Put that in your hacky sack and kick it around.